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Jun 6, 2012

Asst. Commissioner says Police will rid department of rogue cops

Elodio Aragon Jr.

On Monday June fourth, robbers armed with high powered rifles stormed the Toledo Teachers Credit Union.  While having their weapons pointed at the credit union employees, they raided the facility of thirty four thousand dollars and then escaped in the credit union’s Hilux. But the suspects were soon caught and have been identified as: twenty-nine year old PC Oswald Young of Unitedville and twenty-six year old P.C. Sachario Cuz of San Marcos Village in Toledo. The officers were busted along with thirty-one year old B.D.F. Corporal, Romel Elijio of Sunflower Street. The two constables were attached to the Patrol Branch in Belize City. News Five spoke to Elodio Aragon Junior, Assistant Commissioner of Police about the rogue elements in his ranks.


Jose Sanchez

“Regarding the two police officers attached to the patrol branch, Eastern Division, does it affect the morale? What have you been briefed on the situation so far?”


Elodio Aragon Jr., Assistant Commissioner of Police

“Well I haven’t gotten a detailed brief on that. I just know of what has taken place. But I want the public to know one thing; the police department is a big organization. We have rogue elements and we are dealing with them. The police department will not stand for police officers who engage in criminal acts. I want the public to know that the police department has good men and women everyday who work the streets of this country, who have integrity, who are honest and hardworking. And I want the public to know that we are dealing with these police officers who engage in criminal acts to weed them out of the system. But we always need the help of the community to bring that information to us and to assist us in that process. But definitely the police department is working hard to address the situation in the City.”


Young, Cruz and Elijio were busted along with twenty six year old Bernard “Hijo” Linarez, who is a member of the national football team.  They were found in an Isuzu Trooper being driven by forty-two year old taxi operator, Nelson Bardalez. 

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11 Responses for “Asst. Commissioner says Police will rid department of rogue cops”

  1. Storm says:

    I have read that security forces in modern countries put all of their officers on lie detector machines before hiring, occasionally after that, and whenever misconduct is suspected.

    If we are to become a nation under the rule of law, we MUST do the same.

  2. Blackmint says:

    This ya gov. Is corrupt from the top down we need to get rid of all of them and start over.

  3. mick says:

    Deeds, not words! There should be a higher standard for peace officers but what we have experienced does not indicate that. Majority of the police I have interacted with are rogue! There are a few disciplined and professional officers, but by and large the majority are rogue. Their ability to interact with the general public has been hampered by their lack of commonsense and integrity! There is a need to look at the people who are being hired!

  4. Ram says:

    what is a ‘detailed brief’?

  5. Sportman says:

    No body to trust not even the PM, why do he have to negociate with gang in the city, he well know who are the leaders, why can’t they arest them all, that is where the coruption is coming, they kill, they get freed by a judge even if the person is seen, nothing happen, same as with these police that get caught with drugs, we haven heard about the ones that landed the plane on the southern HW, we want these ones be lockup in Jail and throw away the keys.

  6. El Inspector says:

    What happened to the cops that were burglarising homes, business and schools in Corozal Town? It did not even get mentioned in the news and the cops were transfered to another district after a good scolding to not get caught Next Time.

  7. Cantun Primedio says:

    Police corruption is like a severe illness, we live with it until we die.

  8. Rod says:

    Well said sportsman you see what’s goin on.

  9. Smartgirl says:

    I remember when Police Officers commanded respect… now you look at them and know they are just the laughingstock of society .. Our police department (at least some factions of it) have become thieves and crooks in what was once a respectable uniform.

  10. The World says:

    Storm is correct.. its called confidence testing in Mexico, and in the US it is a standard procedure prior to hiring and while employed. As are random drug tests, background investigations, financial disclosures and routinely updated psychological evaluations or profiles.

    The World is watching.

  11. Reverend Parsons says:

    @ The World, you and Storm are wrong, In the U.S. it is not standard procedure, only 61% of police depts. use a polygraph for pre-screening and it is not allowed in the private sector for a job. They are not allowed in court because they are inaccurate and very unreliable. There is no scientific substitute for a good background check. There is no technology that can tell if someone is lying, if there was The U.S. would have a 100% conviction rate on a criminals that were caught and there would be no innocent people in jail, We would have no dirty politicians and no one would ever be falsely accused, but we don’t live in that fantasy land.

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